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ScratchJr: Tinker with Code

Course Description

The ScratchJr course introduces coding concepts to the young imaginative minds. Sometimes referred to as the post-iPad generation, young children born in this age have gained proficiency and comfort in smartphones and tablets by toddlers age. ScratchJr is an iPad app that teaches blocks-based programming, developed by the MIT Media Lab.

Students start with basic commands including moving sprites forward and turning left/right, then build their own fun stories and characters through sequences, loops, conditionals. Students are encouraged to construct creative games and detail the steps to bring their imagination to reality.

Suitable for ages 5+, students must have experience with using an iPad

Course Highlights

Takeaways

  • Sprites and Animation using ScratchJr
    • Introduction to storytelling and creative programming
    • Familiarizing with the ScratchJr interface and creating first projects
    • Hands-on: designing and programming ScratchJr projects to learn sprites movements and sequences
  • Sprites Speed and Characters Interactions
    • Introduction to programming motions, speed and distances of sprites
    • Introduction to events, timing and waiting
    • Familiarizing with ScratchJr sprites, backgrounds, costumes
    • Hands-on: designing and programming games to learn speed and motion in ScratchJr
  • Loops, Iteration, Sequencing
    • Introduction to repeat function and loops
    • Familiarizing with programming iterations, sequencing and the concept of orders in programming
    • Hands-on: designing and programming ScratchJr games to familiarize with key programming concepts
  • Debugging and Game Design and Programming
    • Introduction to essential elements to games
    • Learning to plan, implement, test, feedback and present ScratchJr projects
    • Familiarizing with techniques in debugging
    • Hands-on: designing and customizing ScratchJr games and demo to the class

What to bring:

  • Got an iPad? Bring it along with charger (or reserve one from us)!
  • A mindset to create and experiment!

 

Term: 2019 September Term (Sep-Nov) / 9 Weeks

Program Dates: September 16 - Nov 18, 2019

Location Day Time
Stamford Sat 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Stamford Sat 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM